Frugal Cleaning Tips – Being Frugal With Your Cleaning Supplies

You can spend a fortune on all types of specialized cleaners for your home, but there is no need. You already have almost everything you need in your home. Just use these frugal cleaning tips and start saving this week. My favorite frugal cleaners are vinegar and baking soda. Angie Meza has a few more ideas up her sleeve and shares them below.

Frugal Cleaning Tips Cut Time and Money

These days it is very “hip” to be frugal. Even though we have been through recessions before, this one is causing us all to stop and think and look to cut down as much as we possibly can. Long-term, this is probably going to be a significant change for us all and will not likely alter when the recession goes away. So many people are looking for frugal cleaning tips online to help them with not only their budget but their time as well.

You don’t need to rely on harsh chemical compounds and toxic solutions when you can tune into everyday natural products to help you on a daily basis. A shopping list full of frugal cleaning tips would include baking soda, lemon juice, Borax, white vinegar and cornstarch. All of these are easy to find and cost effective and you will not need to visit that chemical aisle again.

When you take a good look at your carpet you may realize that it is now a different shade as compared to the one that you installed! Sometimes you move an item of furniture and definitely notice this. Turn to your frugal cleaning tips article and this will tell you to use a natural soap product. Just mix the mild cleaner with water and you have an answer. Rinse with water and vinegar. If you needed to deodorize anytime you can use a simple sprinkling of baking soda.

If you find that the sink in your bathroom is stopped up, don’t automatically reach for those drain cleaners as they are very highly toxic. Your frugal cleaning tips advisor will tell you to go and get the baking soda instead. Pour down the drain, follow with vinegar and put the sink stopper in. After 15 minutes simply flush with boiling water. You will not have released chemicals into the drains and will have saved a lot of money.

On a weekly basis it is amazing to see how much laundry detergent you use, especially if you have a large family and how much this costs as part of your budget. Frugal cleaning tips suggest you change your buying habits and look for washing soda and baking soda. Either is inexpensive and when mixed appropriately can do the job adequately. You can also use borax.

Have you noticed how difficult it is to clean that food residue which seems to set like a rock within your microwave? A very handy frugal tip is to get a microwavable bowl and put a cup of vinegar within. Run this for one minute and you will then be able to wipe the residue out with a little bit of soapy water.

Don’t believe all those commercials on television about how effective window cleaning solutions are. You can turn to some great frugal cleaning tips instead. Mix half a cup of vinegar with a gallon of warm water and use an old newspaper to apply. You will be amazed at the results.

Right at the top of the list of frugal cleaning tips is the need to prevent rather than cure. There are so many places where stubborn stains could occur, causing you to use harsh chemicals to clean up, so you should be prepared. Put absorbent mats in place as these are highly effective and cost-efficient and will retain any potential oil or chemical spills.

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HomeBasedMom - September 30, 2009

I read a great tip for getting those stubborn stuck bug guts off the windshield. I tried it this morning and it works great so I thought I would share. Make a baking soda paste on a cloth and wipe it down with that first. This creates enough abrasion to remove the bugs and gunk without scratching the windshield or having to scrub. Follow with your normal window cleaner and it sparkles!

C. Wellman - September 30, 2009

I got tired of buying the cleaners for my glass-top stove so I decided to try something natural–salt! And it works good! I apply a small amount onto the area that needs cleaning and with a damp rag, carefully scrub it all away. Don’t scrub like a mad person, but just gently rub the salt around and it will remove any gunk that has built up. If you have a stubborn stain, use sea salt. It has bigger crystals so it helps it scrub a little better. i have yet to see any scratch marks to ruin my cooktop. Happy Cleaning!

Heather - September 30, 2009

To clean aluminum pots when they are stained dark, merely boil with a little cream of tarter, vinegar or acid foods.

Baking powder will remove tea or coffee stains from china pots or cups.

To remove fish odor from hands, utensils & dish cloths, use 1 tsp baking soda to 1 quart of water.

Keep an old toothbrush around your kitchen sink. Quite useful for cleaning rotary beaters, graters, choppers & similar kitchen gadgets.

When hands are badly stained from gardening, add a tsp of sugar to the soapy lather you wash them in.

These tips came from my mother in law.

Cindi Tucker - September 30, 2009

I am a House Mom at a girls Ranch and we use a lot of everything. Times being tough we are cooking from scratch and we use recipes from your web site. Thank you for introducing common sense ideas and recipes.

Jennifer Menges - September 30, 2009

I have a wonderful crochet pattern for swiffer covers, so you don’t have to keep buying those other store bought disposable ones, Just use, wash with bleach and keep using em! :)

I will add the pattern here if you don’t mind.

Size H (US 8) crochet hook
1 3/4 oz worsted weight kitchen cotton (I used Sugar n Cream)

ch 18
Row 1 – hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each rem ch across, turn
Rows 2-7 – ch 2, hdc in each hdc across, turn (16 hdc)
Row 8 – ch 2, 2 dc in first hdc, 1 dc in each hdc across until last hdc, 2 dc in last hdc, turn (18 dc)
Rows 9-30 – ch 2, dc in first dc, alternate fpdc and bpdc across until last dc, 1 dc in last dc, turn
Row 31 – ch 2, hdc dec over first two dc, hdc across until last 2 dc, hdc dec over last 2 dc, turn (16) hdc

bpdc – back post double crochet
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
fpdc – front post double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
hdc dec – half double crochet decrease
rem – remaining
sl st – slip stitch

and swiffer wet jet solution to make yourself is

2 tbls laundry soap (yes you can use homemade soap)
3 tbls vinegar

Fill bottle 3/4 of the way with warm water, and your ready to go!

Jennifer Menges - September 30, 2009

oh and another good one I use on counter tops is my home made soft scrub

4 tbls of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Its exactly the same as soft scrub, works awesome, but it smells much better :)

Judy Geimer - October 3, 2009

I have stopped buying fabric softener in any form. I now put 1/4 to 1/3 cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser. The vinegar softeners and I believe whitens the clothes. Towels are fluffy and soft as is the rest of the laundry. No vinegar odor if used properly.

Terrye - October 5, 2009

Just for the record, you don’t have to use a bowl of vinegar to clean the microwave…just use a bowl of water. Same results.

deborah - October 5, 2009

plain cheap white vinegar cleans gold jewelry and diamonds
just soak 15 minutes then rinse they sparkle

Ira Mann - October 12, 2009

Wonderful ideas, they really work. If, you need to clean your coffee carafe, add a little ice along with some baking soda. Works well. Thanks again.

Steph - October 14, 2009

I have hardwood laminate floors. I quit buying expensive laminate floor cleaners, Lysol and Pinesol. Instead, I mix lemon and vinegar together. Also, in the spring ants are abundant and I used to have to spray a very toxic bug deterent. An added benefit of mopping with lemon and vinegar is the lemon is an ant deterent. Additionally, I spread my used coffee grounds in my front flower beds and place little unnoticeable mounds beside my front stoop – this keeps the pesky little critters from even trying to enter my house.

Susan - November 7, 2009

one part bleach to 9 parts water is about the cheapest cleaner you can get, (what we were told to use when I ran a home childcare). I have a spray bottle in the bathrooms and in the kitchen, lasts months!

Susan - November 7, 2009

Here these are better recipes with better explanation on areas on usage:

Recipe for Bleach Disinfecting Solution
(For use in bathrooms, diapering areas, etc.)

1/4 cup bleach
1 gallon of cool water


1 tablespoon bleach
1 quart cool water

Add the household bleach (5.25%
sodium hypochlorite) to the water.

Recipe for Weaker
Bleach Disinfecting Solution
(For use on toys, eating utensils, etc.)

1 tablespoon bleach
1 gallon cool water

Shalynn - February 16, 2010

I LOVE this!!! I have saved around $60.00 since I started using this 6 months ago.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups – hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

Annie - June 24, 2010

I keep vinegar in a spray bottle next to the kitchen sink to remove odours from pans (fish, eggs etc). Just rinse, spray, leave for 10 mins, wash as normal.

Baking soda can be used for almost any cleaning around the house.
It’s my WD40. A million uses.

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